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Climbers Will Soon Face Paid Parking at Popular Vancouver Crags

Starting this fall, parking will be $3.75 per hour at Lighthouse and Whytecliff Park

On Monday, the District of West Vancouver council approved a six-moth pilot project to introduce paid parking at three West Vancouver Parks: Lighthouse, Whytecliff, and Nelson.

Lighthouse Park is many Vancouverites’ first outdoor roped climbing experience. The park contains bouldering and a few ultra-popular top-rope lines on sea cliffs overlooking the entry of the Howe Sound. The Big Pin 5.8, for example, is a Vancouver classic. Whytecliff Park features some adventurous boulder problems and scrambles across the shoreline in a fantastic setting.

Paid parking at these three parks will begin in fall 2023 and the rate will be $3.75 per hour per vehicle. Local West Vancouver residents will be able to purchase a $20 annual parking pass for their vehicle.

The District says they’re introducing paid parking for demand management – the parks can get incredibly busy, not just with climbers. They also say it will reduce vehicle traffic and therefore greenhouse gas emissions. The District will monitor the pilot program to determine if paid parking will be implemented long-term.